Available courses

    This is the Story Structure Monday morning group (10am - 12.30pm) for 2nd year CWP writers. Tutor: Hannah Vincent

    This is the Writing Workshops Monday morning group (10am - 12.30pm) for 2nd year CWP writers. Tutor: Laura Wilkinson

    This is the Story Structure Monday evening group (6.30pm - 9pm) for 2nd year CWP writers. Tutor: Rosie Chard

    This is the Tactics for Writing Monday evening group (6.30pm - 9pm) for 2nd year CWP writers. Tutor: Dr Hannah Vincent

    This is the Approaches to Life Writing Tuesday morning group (10am - 12.30pm) for writers on the 1st year of the Creative Non Fiction Programme. Tutor: Holly Dawson

    This is the Memory and Imagination Tuesday morning group (10am - 12.30pm) for writers on the 1st year of the Creative Non Fiction Programme. Tutor: Lulah Ellender

    This is the Story and Form Tuesday afternoon group (1pm -3.30pm) for 2nd year CNF writers. Tutor: Lulah Ellender

    This is the Life Writing Workshops Tuesday afternoon group (1pm -3.30pm) for 2nd year CNF writers. Tutor: Holly Dawson

    This is the Approaches to Writing Tuesday evening group (6.30pm-9pm) for 1st year CWP writers. Tutor: Ruth Figgest

    This is the Tactics for Writing Tuesday evening group (6.30pm-9pm) for 1st year CWP writers. Tutor: Rosie Chard

    This is the Advanced Poetry Workshop Tuesday Morning group (10am-12.30pm). Tutor Dr John McCullough

    This is the Advanced Poetry Workshop Tuesday Morning group (10am-12.30pm). Tutor Dr John McCullough

    This is the Story Structure Wednesday Morning group (10-12.30am) for 2nd year writers. Tutor: Bethan Roberts

    This is the Writing Workshops Wednesday Morning group (10-12.30am) for 2nd year writers. Tutor: Dr Hannah Vincent

    This is the Approaches to Writing Wednesday morning group (10-12.30am) for 1st year writers. Tutor: Rosie Chard

    This is the Tactics for Writing Wednesday morning group (10-12.30am) for 1st year writers. Tutor: Jacq Molloy

    This is the Advanced Writing Workshops Wednesday evening group (6pm - 9pm). Tutor: Laura Wilkinson

    This is the Approaches to Writing Thursday morning group (10-12.30am) for 1st year writers. Tutor: Hannah Vincent

    This is the Tactics for Writing (online) Thursday morning group (10-12.30am) for 1st year writers. Tutor: Bethan Roberts

    This is the Story Structure Thursday morning group (10-12.30am) for 2nd year writers. Tutor: Jacq Molloy

    This is the Writing Workshops Thursday morning group (10-12.30am) for 2nd year writers. Tutor: Rosie Chard


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    Joffe Book Crime Fiction Prize for writers of colour

    by Mark Slater -

    Joffe Books, in conjunction with bestselling crime writer Dorothy Koomson and literary agent Susan Yearwood, is seeking to discover a new crime fiction writer to join our bestselling list. We are launching a new writing prize for unagented crime fiction writers of colour to turn their fantastic manuscripts into bestsellers. The winner will receive a two-book publishing contract with Joffe Books.

    The competition aims to champion authors from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds writing in one of our favourite crime fiction genres: electrifying psychological thrillers, cosy mysteries, gritty police procedurals, twisty chillers, unputdownable suspense mysteries, shocking domestic noirs . . .

    Whether you are writing your crime fiction debut, previously published or self-published, if you are an unagented crime fiction writer of colour, we want to hear from you!

    DOROTHY KOOMSON, BESTSELLING CRIME WRITER, says: “I think crime fiction in all its glory could really benefit from more stories by traditionally underrepresented writers out there. This competition is one way of doing that. I’m so excited to be a judge on this and can’t wait to read the submissions.”

    SUSAN YEARWOOD, SUSAN YEARWOOD AGENCY says: “Joffe Books is one of the most innovative and inclusive-thinking digital publishers in publishing today and I am pleased to be asked to judge Joffe’s inaugural competition to find a great crime writer. I have long been a fan of Black, Asian and minority ethnic writers in this genre and I look forward to meeting big talent in crime writing.”

    EMMA GRUNDY HAIGH, JOFFE BOOKS says: “We are very excited to launch this competition. If we are to create meaningful, long-lasting change within our industry, it is not enough to claim to have an open-door policy. It is our responsibility to actively seek out writers from communities that are underrepresented in our genre and support them in building sustainable careers. I can’t wait to discover the fantastic writers that enter this competition and get their work to the hands of readers.”

    THE PRIZE
    The winner will receive a two-book publishing contract with Joffe Books.

    HOW TO ENTER
    Entrants are invited to submit their full-length manuscript, written in English, along with a synopsis of the book and author biography, to prize@joffebooks.com

    The opening date for entries is 1 May 2021. The closing date for entries is 30 September 2021 23.59 p.m. GMT. No entries received after this date will be accepted. See terms and conditions below.

    THE JUDGES
    All submissions will be read and judged by the Joffe Books team, Dorothy Koomson and Susan Yearwood from Susan Yearwood Agency. The winner of the competition will be selected by these judges based on their work’s quality and commercial potential.


    Book for Vaccines - Auction

    by Mark Slater -

    The writer Phoebe Morgan has set up Books for Vaccines, an auction of writing-related lots. It's to raise money for Care International's project to provide vaccines for the poorest countries. 

    There are some amazing things to bid for - signed books, rare editions, one-to-one sessions with editors and agents, tickets for events, etc. There are plenty of bids that are at £15 or less.

    It's a chance to get a books/writing bargain, and donate to a great cause too. It closes on 21st May. 

    All best

    Mark




    Creative Writing Programme - March Weekend Schools - Book Now!

    by Mark Slater -

    Dear All,

    We have now opened up the March Weekend Schools to everyone on the Creative Writing Programme. You will find a link to them on your course page. You can also access the booking page here: 

    http://lms.creativewritingprogramme.org.uk/local/commerce/browseproducts.php

    Although the Weekend Schools are predominantly based on prose writing, I'm sure poets will find poet and memoir writer, Rob Hamberger's session of particular interest.

    The sessions begin at 10am with a focusing Zoom session in which writers will read and discuss extracts and possibly do some initial writing. After the preliminary session (which should last for between 90 minutes and 2 hours), you will be given some writing tasks to carry out during the afternoon. The Zoom will re-convene later in the day for the group to discuss the writing process and share learning. 

    If you have any problems with booking, please let me know. 
    All best
    Mark
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